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Jyotish Star November 2010Because we have received many complimentary letters addressed to email@example.com asking more about our editor – we are reprinting an interview with Christina from the June issue of the ACVA online news (www.acvaonline.com) in honor of her solar return, (she began her studies with her Grandfather at age seven – 55 years ago!) Happy Birthday Christina!!!
By Charlotte Benson
Interview on June 10, 2009 reprinted from the ACVA News (www.acvaonline.com)
|Charlotte Benson: Christina thanks for taking the time to chat with me today.|
Christina Collins: Yes, well thank you for all you do - interviewing everyone for our ACVA News cover story!
Charlotte: How did you get started in astrology?
Charlotte: So you?ve studied a long time, what were your first sources, what are your major influences.
Christina: My Grandfather had the western sidereal books by DeLuce and others,. He, began teaching me in 1955 when I was seven or so. I think I?ve been fortunate to be in the right place at the right time and I have met many teachers in India as well.
Charlotte: You became quite immersed in the TM (Transcendental Meditation) movement, in its early development in the US - did that kind of spiritual training influence your practice of Astrology?
Christina: Of course, I cannot leave out Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, I taught TM for decades, and through him, and that path, I learned much. Vedic Study, and Sanskrit pronunciation. Though I taught Jyotish before the Maharishi Jyotish program was developed and offered to the public.
I also want to mention my Chinese Guru, The Teacher. Because of my studies and work with him, I became confident in my profession. He also teaches us to become more intuitive.
Chakrapani Ullal, in Los Angeles has been the biggest Jyotish influence, in that he inspired me to do Muhurta consultations. Once when we were all teaching at a conference in Hawaii, He announced that I should do Muhurta, always, and as a major focus. It really thrilled me because I really look up to Chakrapani as my Jyotish Guru, and as Mentor.
Christina: You know, that?s an interesting question, and one I have been asked before, when I was interviewed by CNN (worldwide news for Asia and Europe) in India after I received the Jyotish Vachaspati title. They asked me, ?Do you have movie star clients?? They were really sweet, curious and innocent in their questions. I?ll answer you, like I answered them. People are people. No matter what their job is ? their issues and worries are pretty much universally the same. Just the context changes. Like, am I going to get this Movie? Instead of When will I get a job? Will I get married? We really are, all the same I think.
Charlotte: What astrological signatures in your chart support your career as a Jyotishi? I know some people are not that comfortable with giving out the birth information.
Christina: Hmmm, well I mind and I don?t mind. What about my chart did you want to know?
Charlotte: Those planets must be working for you, since you were honored with the titles Jyotish Kovid and Jyotish Vachaspati. Tell us about the title Jyotish Vachaspati title, how did that evolve?
Christina: I received a letter from the ICAS (Indian Council for Astrological Sciences) in India, that a professional member had recommended that I receive the title. There were six of us in the USA. Five men also received it.
Charlotte: Congratulations - it's an amazing distinction to be the only lady Jyotishi in America to have received these designations
Christina: Well, to quote my Father when he was interviewed on the TV news show 60 Minutes in the early 1970's as the first physician to start up stand alone clinics (they called them ?Doc in the Box?). He was wearing cowboy boots. He crossed his leg and said ?ah heck, I?m just the first one to do it!? I feel there are some very worthy women vedic astrologers in the United States who I hope will be joining in receiving the title in the near future!
Charlotte: What about plans for the future you might want to share with us? What is your current area of astrological specialization, where?s your main passion? What is your current research?
Christina: I?ve researched earthquakes for many years, I lived in California, which began that study, but now that I?m in Colorado, I thought, what would be something cool to discover?
Charlotte: What did you find?
Christina: Well, I?ve been thinking a lot about doing research on the usually 3 or sometimes 4 cycles of Sadi Sati that an individual experiences in a lifetime. (the 7½ year transit of Saturn in close proximity of the natal Moon)
I was thinking, if Saturn?s sadi sati to the moon has such a profound, slowing down, teaching, and sometimes challenging effect (unless Saturn is a natal benefic by virtue of house ownership). I thought, what if Jupiter?s sadi sati (7½ years) in the 12th house from the moon, the house of the moon, and the 2nd house from the moon had a possible and profound, good or lucky effect. It should be postive and profound (unless Jupiter?s malefic). Of course, any given research should have minimum 100 or 200 charts ? and the proper individual feedback. I am putting it out here, because I feel it deserves group effort. Also, for all I know, someone has already done this research, and I just haven?t found it, or read about it yet.
Probably the muhurta book is closest to being finished. My problem is that I keep thinking that I don't know enough yet?and they never get completed. I've always said, when I'm 60, then I'll write my books, I'll be in Sun dasa by then. Now I'm sixty.
Charlotte: Why Sun dasa in particular?
Christina: Well, Venus Dasa was very reclusive for me.
Charlotte: So sun dasa brings you out of your recluse mode?
Christina: well, kind of sort of. I still have a 12th house Sun in the Navamsa.
Charlotte: Thank you for taking the time to chat with me, Rani Bhuvana Tara Chandi Saraswati!
Christina: Christina?s fine. I?ve been given numerous names, Narendra Desai called me Laxshmi, in India some people call me Krishnatina, I like Christina Collins. The beginning sounds remind me of Krishna and Kali. I connect to both energies.
Charlotte: One last question - what's in the future for Christina in Colorado? Continuing to look forward to the latest edition of the ACVA News ?
Christina: Yes, I enjoy working with the ACVA News. I envision a time when it becomes a Student Publication, written by the students of ACVA, with perhaps an advisory Editor position instead of being Editor in Chief.
|Christina Collins Biography:|
|Christina Collins, Jyotish Kovid, Jyotish Vachaspati is a third generation astrologer specializing in the Vedic system. She received her honorary titles in 1994 and 1996 from the world famous Dr. B.V. Raman, former President of the ICAS (Indian Center for Astrological Sciences) in New Delhi and Bangalore, India. She is the first and sole American woman to be honored by this highly held title of Jyotish Vachaspati (Jyotish - the light bearer and Vachaspati - the one who speaks the truth and whose predictions come true. (Vac = speech and Brihaspati is a Sanskrit name of Jupiter the planet of wisdom and truth. She serves as Faculty and on the Board of Directors of the American College for Vedic Astrology (ACVA), as a former Board and Lifetime Member of the International Professional organization|
|CVA (Council for Vedic Astrology) as former Editor of the ACVA News, and current Editor of The Jyotish Star e-magazine www.jyotishstar.com and is President of Celestial Resource (The Timing Coach) and CEO of Academy for Vedic Studies www.vedicastrologer.cc where she serves corporate and private clients from students to celebrities.|
Charlotte Benson, International Liaison and Jyotish Star Chief Correspondent
Diplomate: AFA, NCGR, ISAR
Vedic Track Representative for UAC (United Astrology Conference) 2012
Executive Board Member, ACVA (American College of Vedic Astrology, Inc).
President, Arizona Society of Astrologers, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ USA.
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